Ready for a Spacewalk
On Jan. 6, 2017, NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson spent more than six hours spacewalking outside the International Space Station to upgrade the outpost's power system. See photos from the spacewalk here. In this image: Kimbrough and Whitson pose for a photio with crewmate Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency during a spacesuit fit check ahead of the spacewalk.
Spacewalk Prep Work: Expedition 50
European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet poses for a photo with NASA astronauts Peggy Whitson and Shane Kimbrough as they prebreathe for a Jan. 6, 2017 spacewalk outside the International Space Station.
Suited Up for Expedition 50 Spacewalk
NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson, clad in their spacesuits, are ready for the first spacewalk of their Expedition 50 mission at the International Space Station on Jan. 6, 2017. European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet snapped this photo.
Expedition 50 Spacewalk 1: Let's Get Started
The first spacewalk of the Expedition 50 mission aboard the International Space Station began at 7:23 a.m. EST on Jan. 6, 2016. Here, NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson are seen exiting the station's Quest airlock to begin their station power system work.
Expedition 50 Spacewalk 1: Teamwork
NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough (left in red stripe) and Peggy Whitson work retrieve adapter plates outside the International Space Station during a Jan. 6, 2017 spacewalk to upgrade the orbiting laboratory's power system.
Expedition 50 Spacewalk 1: Peggy at Work
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson works outside the International Space Station during a Jan. 6, 2017 spacewalk to update the outpost's power system.
Expedition 50 Spacewalk 1: Transit the Truss
This view shows astronauts Shane Kimbrough (in red-striped spacesuit) and Peggy Whitson (all-white) work on the main truss of the International Space Station during a spacewalk on Jan. 6, 2017.
Expedition 50 Spacewalk 1: Shane at Work
Astronaut Shane Kimbrough (bottom left) is seen moving across the exterior of the International Space Station during a Jan. 6, 2017 spacewalk to upgrade the station's power system.
Spacewalker at the Door: Peggy Whitson
After a long spacewalk, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson is seen entering the International Space Station's Quest airlock in this photo by ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet inside the station on Jan. 6, 2017.
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